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Reassesment of chromatophore pattern regulation in two species of flatfish (Scophtalmus maximus ; Pleuronectes platessa)
Lanzing, W.J.R. (1977). Reassesment of chromatophore pattern regulation in two species of flatfish (Scophtalmus maximus ; Pleuronectes platessa). Neth. J. Sea Res. 11(2): 213-222
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Lanzing, W.J.R.

Abstract
    Observations were carried out on the disposition and types of chromatophore patterns in the turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), the plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) and, to a lesser extent, the sole (Solea solea). The fish were placed on different backgrounds, photographed and the photographs scanned on transparent tracings. The distribution of distinct chromatophore spots in the skin of the ocular side appears permanent and predictable, although some spots are often not visible due to aggregation. It is suggested that a limited range of preset chromatophore stimulation patterns is available from which the fish "selects" the one closest to the current background patterning. Attention is drawn to the fact that the chromatophore spots on the ventral half of the ocular side form the mirror image of those located on the dorsal side, with the lateral line as the axis of symmetry .

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